EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Pandas scored three times in the final 10 minutes of the first half, leading to a 3-0 home win and sending the UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer team to their first loss on the season, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field.
Sydney Daines, Aly Parth, and Morgan Corbett all found the net for the Pandas, who earned their third-straight clean sheet, and fourth-straight win to start the Canada West season.
Pandas keeper Rebecca Reif didn't need to make a single save to earn her third shutout of the season, as the Heat were unable to place an attempt towards the goal in the loss.
After their first loss on the season UBCO drops their 2018/19 record to (2-1-1), while the Pandas still have no blemish on their record and their (4-0-0) record is tops in the Prairie Division of CW.
In similar conditions to the previous afternoon in Edmonton, neither team was able to generate much offence early on in the wet and cold. The Pandas held on to possession for most of the first 30 minutes, but couldn't beat Heat starting keeper Emma Terrillon.
All the offence they needed on Sunday came in a flurry, however, as Daines potted her second goal in as many games in the 36th minute. A brutal turnover from the Heat led to a wide open chance for the fifth-year Alberta striker, who slid a shot five-hole on Terrillon.
Parth doubled the Pandas lead just four minutes later, cracking in a free kick from 24 yards out, which beat Terrillon in the bottom left corner of the net. Alberta finished their offensive explosion in added time of the first half, as Corbett headed in her third goal of the season off a corner kick from Brenna Mattiello. The assist was Mattiello's sixth point, the second most in Canada West through four conference games.
Down three goals to start the second half, the lack of Heat offence continued, as they struggled gaining possession in the Alberta half. The Pandas had a couple more chances, including a Corbett rocket off the crossbar in the second half, but couldn't add to their lead.
UBC Okanagan will remain on the road next week, as they head to the coast to face UBC and Victoria. The Pandas will also leave Edmonton next weekend, as they visit the Saskatchewan Huskies and Regina Cougars.
After being removed 20-minutes in from the match last Sunday (Sept. 9) against MacEwan with an in-game injury, first year keeper Emma Terrillon returned to the starting lineup. Under pressure for most of the match Terrillon turned away five shots as Alberta placed eight of their 21 shots on target. Terrillon had to deal with 10 corners for the Pandas as well on the turf in Edmonton.
~ Connor Hood, Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics